I love a full moon. Watching it ripen into fullness as it slowly pulls us all under its magic spell.
But this year with the humid summery heat that has been so stubbornly clinging to our Cape shores, full moon time really snuck up on me and I almost missed my very favorite one of all – Harvest Moon!
When I arrived at Forest Beach it was clear that everyone was eagerly anticipating the moon’s rise as the sun slowly began its descent.
This charming whimbrel informed me that he had postponed his migratory departure just so he could be here for the lunar display.
The snowies and cormorants had gathered in the shallows at Mill Landing. They had the best seat in the house by far.
Meanwhile the setting sun welcomed the moon with a palette of pinky-blue-orange light along the horizon…
As the beach grass along the dunes whispered its gentle, rustling harmony.
Almost before we knew it, there it was! Peeping up above the horizon like a big gold and red beach ball.
You could see the setting sun reflected in the windows of the buildings as the sun exited the stage waving “Goodnight!” to its celestial companion.
A lonely sailboat tipped its mast to the moon as it rocked slowly back and forth on the darkening waves.
When I turned for a moment to look in the direction of the sunset I noticed a solitary fisherman on the near jettie, celebrating the moment as he cast his line again and again.
Turning for home I felt so rich. Rich in beauty and filled with an old, familiar excitement for the coming quiet of autumn here on the Cape.
And so relieved that I hadn’t missed one of the very best Harvest Moons ever!
Thank you for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!